Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story

Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story

by Alice Bag


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The proximity of the East L.A. barrio to Hollywood is as close as a short drive on the 101 freeway, but the cultural divide is enormous. Born to Mexican-born and American-naturalized parents, Alicia Armendariz migrated a few miles west to participate in the free-range birth of the 1970s punk movement. Alicia adopted the punk name Alice Bag, and became lead singer for The Bags, early punk visionaries who starred in Penelope Spheeris' documentary The Decline of Western Civilization .

Here is a life of many crossed boundaries, from East L.A.'s musica ranchera to Hollywood's punk rock; from a violent male-dominated family to female-dominated transgressive rock bands. Alice's feminist sympathies can be understood by the name of her satiric all-girl early Goth band Castration Squad.

Violence Girl takes us from a violent upbringing to an aggressive punk sensibility; this time a difficult coming-of-age memoir culminates with a satisfying conclusion, complete with a happy marriage and children. Nearly a hundred excellent photographs energize the text in remarkable ways.

Alice Bag 's work and influence can be seen this year in the traveling Smithsonian exhibition "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936239122
Publisher: Feral House
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 484,741
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alice Bag was there at the origins of L.A. punk, at the famed Masque and Whisky-a-Go-Go, hanging out with Darby Crash and the Go-Gos. But she started as Alicia Velasquez, and English was her second language. She knew Mariachis better than rock music. A certain violence was passed on to her from her Mexican-American father. Alice's feminist qualities were seen in the notorious Castration Squad band she formed in the late '70s.

Alice and her Bags band was featured in the notorious documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization . She is currently married, has children, and lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book about a girl and her quest to find herself. She used her music as a means to get from point A to B. Alice writes a beautiful story about the love of her parents, the challenges of growing up with little financial security, and being apart of a new movement. She is intellectual, well written, and I feel that I know her from reading this book.
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WendelynHH More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and brought back so many memories of the early 80's and the world I moved into to.
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NancySheets More than 1 year ago
This is an autobiography unlike any other..not selectively choosing only the flattering memories to tell the reader, but rather openly, willingly, painfully at times & with great humility Alice's recollections are conveyed. As a woman who was part of the same music scene a few years already into her genesis as a frontwoman for the Bags, I am humbled to have shared the intimate details of just how this woman put HERSELF up front. There is a constant thread throughout this is one of hopefulness & truth. The lessons in futility become the fuel for this formidable female who realized her value emanated from within not from the external view..there is great beauty in this book, even within the violent times painful as they must have been. This is a story for everyone..about growing up, rising up, surviving, finding your voice & healing your heart through your own actions. Inspiring, interesting, funny & powerful define this book....these same traits describe the Author. Get this, share it with your daughters. Empowering. xoxo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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